Treading Water

This is my second full week of my internship at a media company, and I already feel like I’ve learned so much. I’ve been to multiple policy briefings and receptions, been on countless conference calls, and emailed furiously for the past 10 days. It’s all been kind of a whirlwind, as I’m learning issues and aspects of the media industry that I didn’t even know existed before. For example: net neutrality. I had heard of the term before, but never really knew what it meant. I have been to so many meetings that revolve around this issue– figuring out our own policy, figuring out others’, and the best strategy for us as a company to move forward with the issue.

It’s been truly amazing meeting so many different people in the industry and having the opportunity to sit it on meetings regarding various issues. Although there are times when I’m really confused and lost, it doesn’t really matter because I don’t think it’s the subject matter that’s the most important. I’m learning a lot about the corporate world– how people conduct themselves in a professional setting, how meetings are run, good questions to ask, etc. My boss always makes sure that I’m learning something new everyday, and is always working to expose me to new areas. Not only that, but he always follows up with me to make sure I understood what exactly happened, and answers any questions I ask. I usually have a hard time connecting with adults and feeling comfortable around them, but he makes me feel comfortable which is so nice.

With so much going on around me– getting various tasks done at once, communicating back and forth between multiple people, attending different events, taking notes everywhere– I definitely feel like I’m being trusted with a lot and thrown into the deep end without any real training or explanations. It’s good, as it’s testing me on a regular basis, but at the same time, it’s a little scary. I make mistakes everyday, like forgetting to CC my boss in an email, or not catching all the names of the attendees during a conference call, but I’m learning. I’m treading, and I’m treading fast, trying to stay afloat. Maybe by the end of the internship I’ll be swimming, stroking at full speed. And I hope that by the time I leave the department will be saying, “What are we going to do without her?”

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